Assignments

3,472 volunteers have helped analyze over
23,294 pieces of information across
145 different projects. You can help out by reading below.

Have a lot of documents to go through? Assignments make it easy to split up the work, either privately with people you invite or by asking the public to help out. Learn more in this video and then create an assignment yourself. (Professional or Organization account required).

Does "literally every police department in America" have unmarked vehicles?

Launched by Beryl Lipton
254, Emily Crose, Nicolas Hunter Graber-Mitchell and 10 others helped

“Unmarked police vehicles are so common, it’s barely worth discussion,” DHS official Ken Cuccinelli recently said. “I mean, literally every police department in America has them and uses them. We are no exception.”

MuckRock wants to help you find out whether the group of “literally every police department” using unmarked vehicles includes your local police department.

Submit a city and state or the name of a police department, we’ll submit a freedom of information request to learn more.

You can find all requests submitted as part of this project here.

What's your FOIA question?

Launched by Beryl Lipton

Requesting public records can be an intimidating process to many, even frequent filers. What are the FOI questions you’ve been afraid to ask? What are the nitty-gritty details you haven’t been able to track down?

Wondering whether police records are available in Michigan? Want to know who your contractors are in California?

Let us know. You may see your question featured in a special FOIA 101 feature.

Your police department's policy on use of force

Launched by Beryl Lipton
MarySara Rojas, Tom Mast, Derek Alfonso and 32 others helped

A policing agency’s use of force is supposed to be governed by its policy. Figure out where your local police department is falling short by looking at the use of force policy. Start by requesting it. Submit your local policing agency or city and state below, and MuckRock will file a request for the applicable use of force policy. Just let us know where we should ask. Find all requests submitted as part of this Assignment on the Use of Force project page.

The cost of settling police misconduct

Launched by Beryl Lipton
Mikayla Tomasi, Austin Spillar, Emma Rubin and 116 others helped

Police misconduct is often hidden from public view and settling the lawsuits that result can be a regularly costly business for police departments.  Police departments in the United States spend hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to pay the victims of these crimes. 

Help us shine a light on misconduct settlements in your town. Submit the name of a city and state. We’ll handle the rest.

You can find all submitted requests and more about this initiative on the project page.